Why train to become a ski or snowboard instructor in New Zealand?

The quick and short answer is because New Zealand is the best country in the world.

But then that’s not nearly enough for a blog post - so here are 8 longer explanations on why training as a ski or snowboard instructor in New Zealand is the opportunity of a lifetime:

1. Spectacular Views

The views are likely the first thing that will strike you on arrival in New Zealand. Particularly the jaw-dropping Alpine scenery around Wanaka will make you want to stand up and applaud. 


2. The People

The friendly people add to the appeal and unlike many countries in the world, the indigenous people have not been pushed aside in favour of those who’ve arrived more recently.

The Maori culture is celebrated throughout the country to this day making the country a rich and varied place, as well as one of the friendliest countries in the world.

3. The Southern Winter

When it comes to snow, New Zealand is, during the months of June to October, the best place in the world for skiing and snowboarding - and SnowSkool gives you the chance to train as a ski or snowboard instructor during the southern winter so that you are qualified and ready to work in December for the northern winter.


4. The Wine

The South Island boasts some of the world’s best vineyards; the Sauvignon Blancs, Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons from Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough and Central Otago have, in a relatively short time, become recognized as some of the world’s tastiest tipples!

5. Cardrona

With its south facing slopes fronting-up everything that the Antarctic has to offer, Cardrona is New Zealand’s premier Alpine resort. It boasts ideal training terrain, plenty of free-ride areas for improving higher-end riding skills and some of the world’s best freestyle features (Cardies is the host venue of the Burton NZ Open).

Indeed, it has no less than four freestyle terrain parks including the biggest one in the southern hemisphere with kickers up to 85ft, an Olympic Superpipe, a skier-cross circuit and a whole range of jib features. 

One fact that that we also like to cite is that 50% of all NZSIA-appointed Trainers and 50% of the NZSIA Interski demo team (those that represent New Zealand at instructing on the world stage) are based at Cardrona. This means that the 20-ish other resorts in New Zealand have to share the other 50%!   


6. Sport

New Zealand has a big sporting culture, and the country’s spirit is embodied by the All Blacks, most of whom are genuine role models in a world of spoilt, misbehaving football players. And the pre-match Haka is a joy to behold.

7. Extreme Sport

Extreme sports are also embraced by New Zealand – it is the adventure capital of the world with fantastic opportunities to sky-dive, jet-boat and mountain-bike. It is also the home of Bungee!       


8. Familiarity (especially if you’re from the U.K)   

And finally, we are unsure if this is a good thing or not but many of our guests from the UK find that New Zealand is kind of like the UK! There is of course the shared tongue and it is also an island nation of a similar size to the UK with as much rain. Not to mention that the Union Jack is – for the moment anyway – still on the New Zealand flag!      

Now, how to actually become ski or snowboard instructor in New Zealand…

To train you in the ancient arts of ski and snowboard instructing, SnowSkool is based among the best-of-the-best in Cardrona.


Convinced…? Book your flight as we’ll do the rest!

Or, first, you can check out our reviews from last season - including those who went to NZ...

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